CZS08 European Film Movements of Silent Era

Pan-university studies
spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
4/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Radomír D. Kokeš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Violeta Osouchová
Pan-university studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Šárka Panochová
Supplier department: Pan-university studies
Fri 21. 2. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 28. 2. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 6. 3. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 13. 3. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 3. 4. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 24. 4. 12:00–15:40 C34, Fri 15. 5. 12:00–15:40 C34, 12:00–15:40 C34
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Course objectives
The course will focus on explaining the stylistic, narrative, and thematic features of several significant European cinematic trends and movements of the 1910s and 1920s. Each trend was trying to find their own way of grasping film as an autonomous art form. The lessons will consist of two parts. The first part will be an introductory lecture that captures the individual trend in the historical, theoretical, and creative context of film development as an art form. For clarification and exemplification many audiovisual samples will be used. The second part will be a screening of a particular representative film that refines the interpretation and demonstrates some possible solutions to the problems outlined in a more general analysis of explained trends. The first and last lecture have broader explanatory ambitions: early cinema and establishing feature film format in the case of the former, and international film style trends in the late silent era in the case of the latter.
Learning outcomes
The student will be able to:
- identify and summarize important features of European film style trends and particular movements in the history of silent cinema poetics: Swedish and Danish cinema, German Expressionism and Kammerspiel, French film impressionism and Soviet Montage cinema;
- to understand these trends in the broader contexts of film history;
- to know some of the most representative films of each of these trends (such as THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC);
- use some of the analytical and historical methods, in order to better understand the aesthetic history of silent cinema.
  • The course consists of six presumed blocks of both lectures and screenings:
  • 1. Early cinema and establishing of a feature film in European and Hollywood context
  • 2. The Danish and Swedish cinema in the 1910s and early 1920s
  • 3. The German expressionist movement and Kammerspiel cinema
  • 4. The French impressionist movement
  • 5. The Soviet montage movement
  • 6. The international film style trends of the late silent era
  • THOMPSON, Kristin and David BORDWELL. Film history: an introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994. xliv, 857. ISBN 0070064490. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and screenings
Assessment methods
Final test: the test consists of 3 questions, 50 % of correct answers is needed to pass.
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Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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